Monthly Archives: February 2013

Computer modeling points to new class of efficient, ultra-thin solar cells | GizMag

Researchers from the Vienna University of Technology, together with colleagues from the U.S. and Germany, have used computer simulations to show how the unique electrical properties of a new class of materials known as layered oxide heterostructures can potentially be … Continue reading

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Energy company to test floating solar islands | GizMag

Swiss energy company Viteos has announced that it is to build three floating solar arrays on Lake Neuchâtel. Viteos will work with tech company and “energy enabler” Nolaris to build the 25-m (82-ft) diameter islands, each with 100 photovoltaic panels. … Continue reading

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Aluminum-Titanium foam could reduce ship weight by 30 percent | Wired

A lightweight aluminium foam could help to reduce the carbon emissions of the worldwide freight industry by cutting the weight of ships by up to 30 percent. German-based Fraunhofer Labs has developed an aluminium-titanium hydride powder that foams when heated, … Continue reading

Posted in Super Materials

Chip daddy Mead: ‘A bunch of big egos’ are strangling science | The Register

ISSCC Microelectronics pioneer, Caltech professor emeritus, and all-around smart guy Carver Mead believes that the scientific revolution that began with the discovery of special relativity and quantum mechanics has stalled, and that it’s up to us to kickstart it. “A … Continue reading

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Want a cheap hydrogen fuel cell? Wash out the platinum | SmartPlanet

Plenty of things are holding back the hydrogen economy. One of them is the cost of hydrogen fuel cells. A British company now says it has slashed costs by replacing platinum with a liquid that makes fuel cells affordable to automobile … Continue reading

Posted in Fuel Cells

Nano-antenna Arrays May Yield Ultra-Efficient Solar Devices | IEEE Spectrum

echnological development is all about finding engineering solutions to scientific theories, and this is especially true in the field of nanotechnology. The work of Gerd Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer in inventing the Scanning Tunneling Microscope comes to mind as an … Continue reading

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Footfalls to power static nanogenerator | Chemistry World

The prospect of recharging your laptop battery with energy derived simply from walking has moved, almost literally, a step closer with new research from the US and China where scientists have developed a novel generator that can produce significant amounts … Continue reading

Posted in Energy Harvesting